"My life seems easier living with an open mind than when I closed myself off to others who choose to live their lives differently from mine," Tim Hinkhouse explains. "Please don't think for one second that I won't accept you."
"I am not one to usually talk openly about my relationships but I want to share this with y'all for the simple fact that living with HIV does not mean that you cannot find happiness and that you do not deserve it," writes Brian Ledford.
David describes how listening to the stories others in the HIV community inspired him to share his own.
Helping Other HIV-Positive People Be Less Afraid, Less Ashamed and Less Lonely: Part 1 of the Nic Holas Interview -- A Blog Entry by Danny Pintauro
As he explores new strategies for organizing around gay men, HIV and meth use, Pintauro talks with Nic Holas, founder of Australia’s The Institute of Many (TIM) on making change happen.
Wizards of Poz, the Turning Tina Campaign and The Institute of Many (TIM): Part 2 of the Nic Holas Interview
Pintauro chats with TIM's Holas about the importance of harm reduction in rejecting stigma and opening up dialogue, and the positive reaction to their affirming programs.
"We sat in parking lots and sang along to songs about people dying of AIDS and living with HIV, people who didn't have heat or food or health but had love and friendship," says JJ Janflone. And then some of them got sick.
Heterosexual Identity Crisis: The Untold Story of Shame Among HIV-Positive Straight Men -- A Blog Entry by Josh Middleton
"Caught between a rock and a hard place, many heterosexuals, especially straight men, feel alienated -- from both the heterosexual community and the broader HIV-positive community," says Middleton of Pozitive Hope.
"Stigma operates exactly like the deadly virus we claim to oppose: It infects pieces of us and then turns those factions against the rest, until the entire body is weakened and vulnerable," writes King. "We all know how that process ends."
"I have come a long way from the small room I shared with my mother and brothers," says Ortiz-Fonseca. "I no longer have to check spoons for burn residue but I no longer have family to bear witness to the atrocities we survived."
Neither stigma nor HIV is stopping Hydeia Broadbent, who was born with HIV. She refuses to let it bring her down, so she's putting it on blast, "living my life boldly and unapologetically."